A North Korean flag flies on a pole at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva. (Reuters)
The US State Department on Tuesday condemned North Korea’s latest missile fire as a threat to the region while urging the reclusive state to engage in dialogue.
“The United States condemns the launch of ballistic missiles from the DPRK. These launches violate several United Nations Security Council resolutions and pose a threat to the region, ”a State Department spokesperson told Yonhap News Agency in an email.
“We call on the DPRK to refrain from further provocations and to engage in a sustained and substantial dialogue. Our commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea and Japan remains unwavering,” the spokesperson added. word.
North Korea fired what Seoul officials believed was a ballistic missile launched by a submarine into the East Sea on Tuesday (Seoul time).
The U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) in Hawaii said earlier that it was aware of the North Korean ballistic missile launch, without giving details of the type of missile launched.
INDOPACOM said the missile launch did not pose an “immediate threat” to the United States or its allies.
The latest missile test marks North Korea’s eighth known projectile launch this year.
North Korea has ignored many US openings for dialogue as it has continued to stay away from talks with the United States since early 2019.
US special envoy to North Korea Sung Kim again offered to meet with North Korea without preconditions on Monday after his bilateral meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Noh Kyu-duk, in Washington.
“The United States continues to reach out to Pyongyang to resume dialogue. Our intention remains the same. We have no hostile intentions towards the DPRK and we are open to meetings without preconditions,” Kim said, saying refers to North Korea by its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The US envoy is expected to travel to Seoul later this week to meet again with his South Korean counterpart on ways to bring North Korea back to the dialogue table which he says could include the provision of humanitarian aid to the North Korean people and the formal declaration of the end of the Korean War.